Today's News

  • Project endures 'Tuff' battle

    A construction contractor in charge of renovating the Los Alamos Middle School is currently wrapping up dealing with an 11-foot layer of “tuff” (pronounced “toof”) that was not apparent in preliminary drilling surveys.

    In clearing ground for a building at the site, the contractor McCarthy Construction, came across a layer of pumice-like material, wrecking a few drill bits as well as racking up a tab of roughly $300,000 to take it out.

    “We have the best intentions when we start into a project; then there are unknowns,” said Bob Gorrell, director of New Mexico’s Public School Finance Authority. “This is one that is really tough, because it’s expensive.”

    Gorrell gave the news to the Los Alamos Board of Education during a recent progress report on the matter. The PSFA partners with school districts in funding and managing school construction projects.

    “There may have been less expensive ways to excavate it in my opinion, like blasting, because that is what you do with a material like that when you’re trying to cut costs,” Gorrell said. “But that probably would not have worked in that neighborhood,” he said.

    Fortunately, the PSFA is going to assume most of those costs, according to Gorrell.

  • LANL assesses nukes

    The Annual Assessment process of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile is the authoritative method for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to evaluate the safety, reliability, performance and military effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile, and it is a principal factor in the country’s ability to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent without nuclear explosive testing.

    In 1995, President Clinton established an annual reporting and certification requirement that ensures the nation’s nuclear weapons remain safe and reliable without underground nuclear explosive testing. Subsequently, Congress enacted into law the requirement for annual stockpile assessments in Section 3141 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003.

    The Directors of the three DOE nuclear weapons laboratories — Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories  — are required to complete annual assessments of the safety, reliability and performance of each weapon type in the nuclear weapons stockpile.

    LANL spokesman Fred DeSousa said the assessments are categorized as classified information.

  • Santa Fe to get new bowling alley

    SANTA FE (AP) — A plan to a build lounge-style venue with a video-game arcade and eight-lane bowling facility on the top floor of a building in the Santa Fe Railyard would return the sport to the state capital for the first time since 2008.
    Railyard developer Allen Branch says the new 20,000-square-foot entertainment business also will feature food reminiscent of what was served at the Estrada Room, a dark, smoky annex to the old Coronado Lanes bowling alley. Coronado Lanes was a hot spot for decades before closing in the 1980s.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the owners of the Holiday Bowl and Leisure Bowl in Albuquerque will run Ringside Bowl Bar and Grub as their third venue.
    Branch said he’s excited that bowling will return to Santa Fe, saying he frequented the old Coronado lanes as a boy.
    “It was a big hangout,” said Branch, who recalled going with his mother to league bowling events, as well as meeting with friends to play Donkey Kong in Coronado’s heyday.
    “And now bowling is coming back,” he said. “They are called bowling lounges. It’s not bowling alleys anymore. There are not 100 lanes. There are eight lanes. The food is upscale. It’s really a different vibe.”

  • Manning, Peterson make the Pro Bowl

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson want to cap their sensational comebacks with Super Bowl appearances. For now, they can be proud of Pro Bowl spots.
    So can Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, one of two rookies chosen Wednesday for the Jan. 27 NFL all-star game.
    Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent and has led the Broncos on a 10-game winning streak to take the AFC West.
    ‘’I know there’s great players out there in the NFL, but there’s some great players on this team this year that deserve to go,’’ said Manning, whose 12th Pro Bowl is a record for quarterbacks. He ranks fourth in league passing this year, has thrown 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
    Four other Broncos made the AFC roster: DE Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Von Miller, CB Champ Bailey and tackle Ryan Clady. Bailey’s 12th appearance is a record for defensive backs.
    ‘’My goal has always been to go out and help the team win and play at a high level,’’ Manning added. ‘’Anything that comes along with that, like being honored as a Pro Bowl selection, is very humbling.’’

  • Restaurant Inspections 12-27-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.


    Ed’s Big Dawg catering
    Date inspected: Dec. 18
    Violations: Two high-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — improper washing, rinsing, sanitizing. Equipment must be washed, rinsed, sanitized manually until repaired. One for poor personal hygiene — hand wash sink full of dirty dishware. Three moderate-risk violations, one for contaminated equipment — area near auto dishwasher was dirty. Needs cleaning. One for poor personal hygiene — staff not using hand wash sink if full of dirty dishware. Staff must start washing hands regularly. One for animals/vermin/openings — back door does not seal, potential to allow mice, flies. Three low-risk violations, one for poor personal hygiene — staff in kitchen, including owner/manager not wearing hair restraints. One for floors/walls/ceilings — ceilings/walls dirty. Need cleaning/repair. Very bad shape. One for other — repeat violations will lead to permit downgrade or suspension of permit.

  • Today in History for Dec. 27
  • Stores look to week after Christmas for sales

    Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season.

    Despite the huge discounts and other incentives that stores offered leading up to Christmas, U.S. holiday sales so far this year have been the weakest since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession.

    So stores now are depending on the days after Christmas to make up lost ground: The final week of December can account for about 15 percent of the month's sales, and the day after Christmas is typically one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

    Stores, which don't typically talk about their plans for sales and other promotions during the season, are known for offering discounts of up to 70 percent after the holiday. This year, they're hoping to lure more bargain hunters who held off on shopping because they wanted to get the best deals of the season.

  • Off the Hill 12-27-12

    Art exhibits

    Act I Gallery celebrates new gourd maidens by Nancy and Mark Hargis. The show runs through Dec. 31 at 218 Paseo de Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more information, visit ActOneGallery.com, or call 575-758-7831.

    “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas,” is on exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, through Jan. 5. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org.

    Taos artist Maye Torres will exhibit “Maye Torres: Unbound,” at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Her one-person exhibit opens Saturday and remains on view through Jan. 27. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org or call 575-758-9826.

    Art openings

    “Long-Time Co-Conspirators,” opens with a reception and talk, at 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Weyrich Gallery, 2935-D Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. The show, featuring Karen Simmons and Jas Simmons, will be on display through Jan. 28.

    “Filigree and Finery: The Art of Spanish Elegance,” opens Jan. 26 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts. The exhibit will be on display through May 27. For more information, visit spanishcolonial.org.


  • U.S. crime author has dark take on Finnish

    HELSINKI (AP) — In the doorway of a Helsinki bar on a snowy December afternoon, American author James Thompson is being offered a pair of Russian army night vision goggles that may — or may not — have fallen off the back of a truck.
    The author, a Kentucky native who’s lived in Finland for the past 15 years, has recently signed a new deal with publisher Putnam that puts his Inspector Kari Vaara series in U.S. bookstores through 2015.
    Thompson buys the goggles and the vendor shuffles off into the snow. It’s the sort of deal in the sort of neighborhood that Vaara would approve of, and it’s somewhat apropos that the Hilarious Pike bar is a regular haunt of both the writer and the fictional cop.
    Thompson’s style is on the dark end of the “Nordic Noir” spectrum. The genre — with its stark and often violent police procedurals — has proved wildly successful for publishers and filmmakers alike.
    The marquee names have come from Sweden — think Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” or Henning Mankell’s “Wallander” series — but Norway’s Jo Nesbo and Iceland’s Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir have also made their mark with international readers.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, December 28, 2012

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-18-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 29, 2012


    Sunday, December 30, 2012

    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, December 31, 2012

    New Year’s Eve – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, January 1, 2012

    New Year’s Day – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!